Canada Campaigns

Defending Defenders Around the World: An Invitation to join Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada and support its work

LRWC invites lawyers, law students and others to become members of Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada and to support its work through donations  LRWC members defend the rule of law and human rights advocates around the world The work done by LRWC is made possible by the pro bono work of members, … [Read more...]

Canada: International Human Rights Program, University of Toronto Faculty of Law | Letter

Full PDF (ENG) 30 September 2020 Dean Edward Iacobucci University of Toronto Faculty of Law 78 Queens Park Toronto, ON, M5S 2C5 Email: deansoffice.law@utoronto.ca Dear Dean Iacobucci, Re: Canada: International Human Rights Program, U of T Faculty of Law I write on behalf of … [Read more...]

Yemen conflict: Cease arms transfers by Canada, France, Iran, US & UK | Oral video statement to UN Human Rights Council

Full text of the oral video statement (.pdf) (ENG) Full oral video statement Full Interactive Dialogue with the Group of Experts on Yemen Video Intervention: Check against delivery  Organization: Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada Item: Item 2: Interactive Dialogue, Group of Experts on … [Read more...]

Canada: Federal Court invalidates Canada-US Safe Third Country Agreement saying its impact “shocks the conscience” | Update

UPDATE: 21 August 2020: LRWC is disappointed that Canada's federal government has chosen to appeal the 23 July 2020 Federal Court of Canada ruling that the Canada-US does not measure up to Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Public Safety Minister Bill Blair issued a statement on Friday 21 … [Read more...]

Canadian Government Must Ban Use of Facial Recognition Surveillance by Federal Law Enforcement and Intelligence Agencies | Joint letter

Canadian Government Must Ban Use of Facial Recognition Surveillance by Federal Law Enforcement and Intelligence Agencies Letter PDF (ENG) Press Release PDF (FR) Group of 77 privacy, human rights and civil liberties advocates call on Public Safety Minister Bill Blair to act July 8, … [Read more...]

Myanmar | Justice for the Rohingya: The Role of Canada | Report by UVic, UOttawa…

Full pdf report Justice for the Rohingya: The Role of Canada Report of international virtual roundtable of experts “Canada must take immediate, robust action on justice for the Rohingya… using a holistic approach and ensuring that the victims are at the centre.” Canada’s actions must fully … [Read more...]

Reflections on the 19 June 2020 UN Human Rights Council resolution on systemic racism, police brutality, and unlawful suppression of peaceful protest | Publication

“You… are your brothers’ and sisters’ keepers”: Now is the time to move from words to deeds Reflections on the 19 June 2020 UN Human Rights Council resolution on systemic racism, police brutality, and unlawful suppression of peaceful protest Catherine Morris, Executive Director, Lawyers’ … [Read more...]

COVID-19: Canada must ensure compliance with international law | Joint Letter

Read the full letter here (.pdf) Human rights oversight of COVID-19 responses is needed, say 154 Canadian organizations and 147 academics, former politicians, faith leaders and other individual experts. The joint letter, sent to Canadian officials on 14 April 2020, calls on Canada to ensure that … [Read more...]

Canada: LRWC releases legal brief on Canada’s international law obligations to Wet’suwet’en | Press release

Full .pdf press release | Full legal brief (.html)  | full  legal brief (.pdf) Canada's international human rights law obligations to suspend construction of the Coastal GasLink Pipeline and stop use of force against the Wet’suwet’en  Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada releases international … [Read more...]

Canada: International law obligations to suspend construction of pipeline and stop use of force against Wet’suwet’en | Legal Brief

Full .pdf legal brief | Press release Canada's international human rights law obligations to suspend construction of the Coastal GasLink Pipeline and stop use of force against the Wet’suwet’en Canada ignores UN call to suspend three mega-projects in BC  Modern international human rights … [Read more...]